We all come across thousands of quotes by hundreds of photographers. We forget most of them, but some just stay in our head for a long time. Some of these quotes just make you stop and think. Here are 50 such quotes that I like.
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.
Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.
Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.
I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.
I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.
I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term — meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching — there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.
I would never apologize for photographing rocks. Rocks can be very beautiful. But, yes, people have asked why I don’t put people into my pictures of the natural scene. I respond, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” That usually doesn’t go over at all.
If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.
If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.
It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
John Paul Caponigro
It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.
James Lalropui Keivom
Kodak sells film, but they don’t advertise film; they advertise memories.
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.
Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.
One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.
Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Photography is the story I fail to put into words.
Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.
The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.
The eye should learn to listen before it looks.
The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.
The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Wherever there is light, one can photograph.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.